National Cook A Sweet Potato Day
National Cook a Sweet Potato Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on the 22nd of February and encourages all of us to cook a sweet potato. Why should anyone cook a sweet potato on this day or any day of the year? It’s because they’re packed with nutrition and provide a person with several health benefits when regularly consumed.
They’re also very tasty-regardless of whether you use them to make sweet potato fries, baked sweet potatoes, sweet potato pancakes, or sweet potato pie. So go ahead and grab a few of these spuds and celebrate this holiday with friends and family members.
Interesting Facts About Sweet Potatoes
Let’s go over some interesting facts about sweet potatoes that we discovered while we were writing about this holiday. We think the following facts are the perfect accompaniment to any National Cook a Sweet Potato Day celebrations.
- Sweet potatoes contain only 86 calories per 3.5-ounce serving.
- A medium-sized sweet potato contains 3.8-grams of fiber.
- Sweet potatoes are originally from South America.
- Sweet potatoes contain no cholesterol or fat.
- The heaviest sweet potato ever harvested weighed approximately 81-pounds and 9-ounces.
- In 2007, North Carolina produced over 667 million pounds of sweet potatoes.
- In 2007, per-capita consumption of sweet potatoes was 4.6-pounds per person.
Observing Cook A Sweet Potato Day
There are so many sweet potato recipes out there that you could make a new dish every year and never have to make the same dish twice. There are candied sweet potatoes, sweet potato burritos, even sweet potato bread.
And of course, you can steam, microwave, and mash them just like regular white potatoes. While you’re observing this holiday, be sure to use the hashtag #CookASweetPotatoDay on your social media accounts.